Piracy Report 21 January

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Jan 212011

Renuar: A wolf in ship's clothing

The following information derives from the weekly NATO Shipping Centre report which provides further details.

Japan 555 (Malaysia 618 / Tai Yuan 227) –is assessed to be used as mothership and be involved in the attack on a merchant vessel in pos 14°56N 059°14E at 1023UTC 20 JAN 2011

RENUAR, JIH CHUN TSAI 68, GOLDEN WAVE (also known as GEUMMI 305) and one of the PRANTALAYs have left the anchorage and it assessed to be used by pirates as a mothership, no position at this time, but Renuar maybe heading to Arabian sea Continue reading »

EUNAVFOR: Best Isn’t Best

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Nov 232010

pirates ‘Best Management Practices’ is misnamed says Colonel Richard Spencer, Chief of Staff of EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters. The curse of minimum standards that infests much of the maritime industry applies to anti-piracy measures.

Many maritime security experts may sneer at the BMP as “like taking a knife to a gunfight” but when properly implemented it is proving more effective than anyone would have expected.

In the last five days seven vessels transiting in the Somali Basin escaped pirating thanks to BMP.

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Don’t Call It “Best”, it’s Minimum says Anti-Piracy Chief

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Sep 132010

imageMinimum standards hamper seafarer safety when it comes to piracy, too, and Colonel Richard Spencer, Chief of Staff of EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters believes Best Management Practices should be renamed Minimum Management Practices.

Each year in the Horn of Africa, the number of pirate attacks decreases during the monsoon period, due to rough seas. With improving weather, the number of attacks is expected in the near future to increase and vessels will have to be increasingly vigilant.

This week end, six suspicious skiffs were disrupted by the different Task Forces or national naval forces operating in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, IRTC. All skiffs were seen to be throwing material overboard, ladders or weapons, before being in contact with the military. Moreover, one merchant vessel reported it had overcome an attack on Saturday 11 September.

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BMP3 Puts Pirates In Your Pocket

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Jun 302010

image The 3rd Edition of the shipping industry’s Best Management Practice to deter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and Arabian Sea Area has been released

Updates to BMP3 include the expansion of on the High Risk Area beyond just the Gulf of Aden, to an area bounded by Suez to the North, 10o South and 78o East. This wider application of the BMP is essential to help counter the geographical spread of the threat from Somali-based piracy.

BMP3 contains further advice on Ship Protection Measures, a copy of the UKMTO Vessel Position Reporting Form, and Fishing Industry guidance.  BMP3 encourages post-incident reporting to MSCHOA and UKMTO and additionally to the relevant Flag State.

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